I puzzled over this week's Illustration Friday prompt "puzzled". Let's see, a Rubik's Cube? Jigsaw puzzle? Word Search!
I don't even know what it was that made me think of a giraffe, but I do like how the patterns in their hide fit together like pieces of a puzzle.
Then I got curious about these patterns. Did you know:
"Giraffe's patches are first and foremost for camouflage. But underneath each patch lies a very sophisticated system of blood vessels. Around each patch there is a quite a large blood vessel that then branches off into smaller vessels underneath the patch.
A giraffe can send blood through these small branches into the middle of the patch in order to release heat through this system. Each patch acts as a thermal window to release body heat."
Pretty cool. Literally.
And here I thought it would just be fun to paint one (which it was).